TV Tokyo Sues 4Kids, Strips Them of Broadcasting License for Yugioh

This is slightly old news but I still felt it was important to talk about this issue. On March 24, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems filed a joint lawsuit against North American media distributor 4Kids Entertainment, accusing the company of “underpayments, wrongful deductions, and unmet obligations” and stating that 4Kids now owes the companies US$4,792,460.36! As a result of this hiatus, TV Tokyo withdrew 4Kids’ license to broadcast the show in the US!

This is, in a positive sense, huge for many reasons: for one, Funanimation will probably be airing Yugioh in the U.S. This is significant because 4Kids took off a lot of the violence and the intensity from the Japanese-dubbed anime to make the show child-friendly. However, Funanimation is more lenient with those kinds of things, as seen with Dragon Ball Z. Hopefully then, future Yugioh episodes will have the freedom to include blood violence, making the show more exhilarating and intense!

Another reason why the revoking for 4Kid’s license is substantial is because now, Yugioh will not be limited to just Channel 11: it will most likely air mainstream on channels such as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. As a kid, I remember having to get up at 7:30 just to watch the new episode of Yugioh (this was before Hulu)! Now, especially if Funanimation takes over, Yugioh will be on everyday and on a majority of animation channels as well! This is huge for fans of the franchise, especially for those who have limited internet access.

I am excited to if and how the new American Yugioh broadcaster will shake things up in the show. All I want to see is more aggression in the show so that it teens can see that Yugioh isn’t just some card game, but an intense card game! I haven’t gotten a strong vibe of that just yet. Hopefully, in the aftermath of this event, Yugioh takes a turn for the better, not worse.

This is slightly old news but I still felt it was important to talk about this issue. On March 24, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems filed a joint lawsuit against North American media distributor 4Kids Entertainment, accusing the company of “underpayments, wrongful deductions, and unmet obligations” and stating that 4Kids now owes the companies US$4,792,460.36! As a result of this hiatus, TV Tokyo withdrew 4Kids’ license to broadcast the show in the US!

This is, in a positive sense, huge for many reasons: for one, Funanimation will probably be airing Yugioh in the U.S. This is significant because 4Kids took off a lot of the violence and the intensity from the Japanese-dubbed anime to make the show child-friendly. However, Funanimation is more lenient with those kinds of things, as seen with Dragon Ball Z. Hopefully then, future Yugioh episodes will have the freedom to include blood violence, making the show more exhilarating and intense!

Another reason why the revoking for 4Kid’s license is substantial is because now, Yugioh will not be limited to just Channel 11: it will most likely air mainstream on channels such as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. As a kid, I remember having to get up at 7:30 just to watch the new episode of Yugioh (this was before Hulu)!Now, especially if Funanimation takes over, Yugioh will be on everyday and on a majority of animation channels as well! This is huge for fans of the franchise, especially for those who have limited internet access.

I am excited to if and how the new American Yugioh broadcaster will shake things up in the show. All I want to see is more aggression in the show so that it teens can see that Yugioh isn’t just some card game, but an intense card game! I haven’t gotten a strong vibe of that just yet. Hopefully, in the aftermath of this event, Yugioh takes a turn for the better, not worse.

10 thoughts on “TV Tokyo Sues 4Kids, Strips Them of Broadcasting License for Yugioh”

  1. While I admit that adding the violence back, if that is what Funanimation plans on doing when they start redubbing, I hope that they keep most of the voice actors the same. Case in point, for One Piece, I like the 4Kids voices of Luffy and Sanji over Funanimation’s because the voice adds to the character, 4Kids Sanji’s New Yorker-ish accent made him a heck of a lot tougher than Funanimation Sanji, who seem more of a normal person, and 4Kids Luffy’s voice made him funnier and more of an airhead than Funanimation’s Luffy. Course this is just me talking, but a character’s voices makes as much of the character as body and personality.

  2. Yeah this was kinda old, but good news nevertheless. 4Kids took out so much stuff from the yugioh episodes that it became not very exhilarating to watch. I don’t see anybody complaining.

  3. Maybe it would be better if someone else did dub Yu-Gi-Oh!, because 4Kids skipped the episode where Jack gains Scar-Red Nova Dragon and the Team Taiyo duel, going straight to the Dragons vs Gods duel. I mean, stick to the program, no one is going to under stand how Jack got Scar-Red Nova Dragon when he plays it against Thor and later Team New World. I mean, am I right?

  4. I saw the ep myself on CW’s Toonzai. The ep was where Team 5D’s first meet Ragnarok, and find out they’re back stories. This is like the 36-41 episode skip all over again.

  5. Ok, could someone please fill me in? I thought 4Kids lost the rights to Yu-Gi-Oh, yet I see that in a few days they’re dubbing Zexal? Say What?

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